Is Real Africa Workshop (RAWS) a registered non profit?
We are not currently a registered 503(c). For a nonprofit company to qualify for 503(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status, it must file IRS form 1023. RAWS is only beginning to grow and this is our goal for the future. At this time we are positioning RAWS to reach this status but currently it is operating on individual donations and proceeds from the sales of the items available. Unfortunately, this means we are not receiving the benefits of a non profit status while operating as one. The Zambian artists are paid fair market value for their goods and the logistics involved are paid by the sponsors of this marketplace. Feel free to contact us to learn more or with any questions you may have. All proceeeds are used to support the Zambian artists as well as the individual Zambians who contribute to the success and growth of this marketplace.
How are items available on this site?
As a former volunteer in Zambia. I have developed working relationships with many people who are helping to make this site a reality. Currently, this site operates through the cooperation and hard work of many people including the Zambian artists who are given fair market prices for their goods. All items available are handmade in Zambia by Zambian artists. The logistic involved is sometimes hard to explain as some of these goods arrive from rural areas from various means, while some are already transported and made specifically for this purpose. As we continue to grow and develop our artists and their goods we will be providing individual Bio's for the artists participating and their families. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you.